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Guide to the William H. Ingham Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1844-1856
Creator: Ingham, William H. (1827-1914)
Extent: 1.00 folders.
Collection Number: MSC0018
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Pioneer in Iowa and early settler in Kossuth County. Letters written to his brother Erastus about Iowa in the 1850s.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Please read The University of Iowa Libraries' statement on "Property Rights, Copyright Law, and Permissions to Use Unpublished Materials"

Acquisition: These letters were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Alice A. Guller in 1959.

Preferred Citation: William H. Ingham Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman

Born in New York, William H. Ingham (1827-1914) moved west in 1849. He traveled through parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota before settling in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1851. There he worked as a surveyor and later as a banker. In 1855, Ingham secured a claim in Kossuth County, Iowa. He settled there permanently, becoming the second white pioneer in the county. William Ingham organized the first bank in Kossuth County and served as its president for many years. He was also president of the County Historical Society.

The papers of William H. Ingham consist of six items. Five letters are from William to his brother Erastus and one letter to Erastus from their brother Samuel. Williams letters describe life in Iowa in the 1850s. He tells of the plentiful wildlife, the new areas being surveyed, and of the business opportunities available to settlers.

Browse by Series:

  • Box 1:
  • Samuel Ingham to Erastus Ingham, 1 letter
  • William H. Ingham to Erastus Ingham, 5 letters - 1850s

This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.

Personal Names:
Ingham, Erastus, 1821-1879

Frontier and pioneer life

Geographic Names:
United States -- Iowa -- Algona
United States -- Iowa -- Cedar Rapids
United States -- Iowa